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Evansville philharmonic guild homes of note tour

Evansville’s architectural past is put on display as individuals explore the historic homes along Wabash Avenue during the Homes of Note House Tour.

Hosted by the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Guild for the 17th year, the tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 and includes St. Boniface Catholic Parish, 418 N. Wabash. It is the fourth oldest church in Evansville, and visitors will have the opportunity to see “Our Lady of Lourdes” Grotto, a 72-foot-long room beneath the church that has a glass case displaying St. Boniface relics.

The walk includes eight historic homes, some dating back to as early as 1894, with hostesses throughout the tour who provide information about each home and its history.

Julie Mallory, the publicity and marketing chairman of the EPO Guild, describes the houses having distinct features in the Victorian and Queen Anne style of architecture with original stained glass windows, tiled fireplaces, and antique furniture displayed in several homes.

“With lots of forest mills around in the 1800s, a lot of furniture businesses came to Evansville,” says Mallory. “Many of those furniture businesses were primarily German. German woodwork is substantially sturdy, and that furniture reflects our German heritage.”

These homes embody that German craftsmanship. Tickets are sold for $15 in advance at local Schnucks locations, First Federal Savings Bank branches in Southwestern Indiana, Paul’s Menswear, Wildflower Boutique, or call the EPO Box Office at 812-425-5050. Tickets can be purchased for $20 the day of the event at the featured homes.

For more information about the Homes of Note House Tour, call 812-867-0912.

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